President Simonetta Sommaruga represented Switzerland at the meeting of heads of state and government at the start of the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. In her speech, she called for the conclusion of a universal and binding climate protection agreement. Global warming and the related consequences for humankind and the environment are among the most urgent challenges faced by the international community today, said Ms Sommaruga in Paris on Monday. All countries are therefore called upon to make an effective contribution to limiting climate change.
The long-term systematic monitoring of Switzerland’s glaciers is now assured. The responsible actors from scientific institutes and the administration signed agreements governing the glacier monitoring in Bern today. As a result, 105 glaciers will be monitored in the long term. The related data for the fields of climate, water, natural hazards and the environment will be made available to a wide audience on an internet platform. The glaciers have been melting for decades due to climate warming, therefore their monitoring is very important.
National award for geo.admin.ch, the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation. The portal received the “2015 eGovernment special prize” at the ninth national eGovernment Symposium, which was held on 24 November 2015 in Bern.
How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government departments, politicians, the business sector and society to recognise the risks and opportunities. This in turn enables the risks to be reduced, opportunities to be exploited and costs to be optimised. The groundwork which is laid by the NCCS and various specialist departments helps to set the relevant players on the right track for a future in the context of climate change.
The focus of European Forest Week Silva 2015 in Engelberg, which ended today, was forest services and how to finance them. The approximately 250 participants passed recommendations on sustainable forest management for the Member States of the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva) and the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome).